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1  KNITTING / Knitalongs / o w l s - owls sweater knit along? on: August 13, 2009 02:01:52 PM
Fall is coming up & so I've been itching to start on a big sweater project. I have been enamored with this owl sweater pattern for some time:
http://needled.wordpress.com/2009/01/16/o-w-l-s-the-pattern/
(for more pics of what it looks like on, check out this: http://needled.wordpress.com/2008/11/22/owls/)

Anyone else interested? It uses a thicker yarn, so I think it would knit up pretty quickly!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Time-consuming knitting projects on: May 11, 2007 09:28:36 AM
Have any of you ever knit something for a year or longer and actually finished it?

I'm asking because I'm beginning to get discouraged with this sweater I'm knitting right now. I cast on in December and knit furiously over winter break & ended up finishing the first half of the front panel then. It seemed like an accomplishment to me, because the sweater I'm knitting comes from a vintage pattern & is knit on size 2 and 3 needles.

 So because I finished so much in just a week, I kind of tricked myself into thinking I could get it done by mid-may. However, schoolwork got in the way, and though I knit a row or two here or there, I haven't had time to finish even the first panel, much less the back panel and the sleeves.

I picked it up again a few days ago & realized that I knit an extra repeat of lace that's going to make my sweater waaaaay too long, so I have to rip some of it out. Maybe I'm over-reacting, I just have this horrible feeling like this sweater is never going to get done. I've never met another knitter who has put more than six months or so into a project without giving up. Can it be done? Or should I just toss it in the closet?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Interweave Knits Flower-Basket Shawl question on: August 27, 2006 10:08:40 PM
I'm coming close to finishing the seventh (and last) repeat of IK's flower-basket shawl. At the moment, my shawl seems a little small, even though my gauge was spot-on. I know that it should get bigger with blocking, but how much bigger does it actually get through the blocking process? Should I work an extra repeat, or will blocking take care of all that?
4  UNITED STATES / Michigan / University of Michigan students? on: August 31, 2005 10:07:41 AM
Taking a cue from the CMU and WMU posts, are there any other U of M students here on craftster? I just moved into my dorm yesterday (East Quad), and was wondering if there are any University craft/knitting groups and whatnot.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Fall Knitting '05 on: August 16, 2005 09:21:18 PM
Has anyone else started planning for fall knitting? I know that it's a touch early to be thinking about scarves and long-sleeved sweaters again, but ever since I started knitting a few years ago, I always get excited for autumn knits around mid-August. There are at least four sweaters that I'd like to finish this fall; I started one last week and am about halfway through, so hopefully I'll finish that one before the weather changes. I also kind of want to make a slightly-oversized coat, but I haven't found a pattern that I like yet.

What about the rest of you?
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Lace-knitting lifelines? on: July 30, 2005 09:22:50 AM
Hey! I'm finishing up the Agate & Lace scarf and want to start on Knitty's Branching Out fairly soon. While I've done simple lace-knitting before (i.e.: knitting sweaters with rows of eyelets and the aforementioned Agate & Lace scarf), Branching Out just seems really intimidating. When I browsed the knitalong board for the scarf, it seemed that a lot of people were using "lifelines". So my question is--how exactly do you knit in a lifeline? Do you weave the contrasting yarn in or do you actually knit with it (kind of like knitting with two strands of yarn)?

I apologize in advance if this is a stupid question!
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / What to eat with chutney? on: July 08, 2005 04:08:43 PM
Hey! I just got done making the apricot chutney from Madhur Jaffrey's "World of the East Vegetarian Cooking" and am now beginning to wonder what to serve with it (the chutney is currently cooling in my fridge). My knowledge of Indian cuisine is sorely lacking, so I'm not sure what kind of food to prepare with it. What would you guys reccomend?
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Southern style biscuits on: June 28, 2005 12:06:00 AM
Has anyone else made the Southern biscuit recipe from the latest issue of Bust? How did they turn out? I tried to make some this morning and it was a complete disaster.  I tried to follow the recipe exactly, but the dough ended up so thin and soupy that I had to add in twice as much flour as the recipe called for. When they were done baking (I left them in for about 25 minutes, about 10 minutes longer than the recipe recommended), they were chewy and barely resembled the biscuits in the magazine photo. What did I do wrong?

Anyway, does anyone have any other good recipes for Southern-style biscuits? I'd like to try my hand at a different recipe in the hopes that it'll fare better than the aforementioned biscuit experiment.
9  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Grand Rapids II on: May 10, 2005 09:58:20 AM
Hey. The last thread hasn't been updated in a few weeks, so I thought I'd start a new one to get people thinking about a possible West Michigan-area crafty get-together again. Everyone still interested?
10  COOKING / Dessert / Hamentaschen on: February 25, 2005 08:10:53 PM
Hello! My friend recently gave me this cookie recipe that is traditionally made for the Jewish celebration of Purim. Granted, Purim is about a month away (I believe it falls on March 24 this year), but this recipe is too good not to share:

Hamentaschen cookies:
2/3 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup orange juice WITHOUT pulp
1 cup white flour
1 cup wheat flour (DO NOT subsitute with white flour)
Fruit preserves, fruit butters and/or pie fillings of your choice

Blend butter and sugar thoroughly. Add the egg and blend. Add OJ. Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time, alternating white and wheat, blending thoroughly between each. Refrigerate batter overnight. When ready to bake, roll as thin as you ca without getting holes in the batter. Cut out 3 or 4 inch circles. Put a tablespoon of filling in the middle of each circle. Fold up sides to make a triangle. Squeeze the corners firmly. Bake at 375 degrees for about 10-15 minutes, until golden brown but before filling boils over.

Suggested fillings: poppy seed, prune, apricot, apple, pineapple, cherry, etc.
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